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Facial for Healthy Skin Cleanse Stress Relief Budgeting Recommended

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Last updated 08/22/2021

Why not put your best face forward? Your face is what people see when they meet you. Make a good impression with a facial for healthy skin!

For a special occasion coming up; your wedding or graduation it’s a must. Its also great at relieving stress. Don't forget for a glowing complexion.

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What is a Facial for Healthy Skin?

It's like this a special cleansing for your face that includes a mask and other products. This is to cleanse and exfoliate which removes dead skin cells. Steam may be used to soften blackheads and whiteheads to remove later.

All to improve the condition of your skin. As it hydrates skin to give it a youthful appearance. Finally leaving    you with a healthy brightened look.

There is also the relaxation aspect. You just rest back while the esthetician does the work. Getting pampered with massages is all you wish to think about.

This is a service done by an esthetician at a salon/spa starting at $45 and up. The salon/spa may offer something slightly different so read the fine print and make sure you are interested.

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Facial steps may include:
  • Cleansing
  • Steam
  • Exfoliation
  • Skin Analysis
  • Extractions
  • Massage
  • Mask
  • Peel
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Benefits of a Facial for Healthy Skin

    • Lowers that nasty word ”STRESS”, and stress can cause skin to age
    • Helps improve blood circulation
    • Includes products to exfoliate, extract and detox  all bringing fresh and healthy skin to the surface
    • Can include a hand massage, foot massage, scalp/neck and of course face Oh My!  
    • Lymphatic drainage by massage can move those toxins and other waste products to be eliminated
    • Did I mention a beautiful glow?
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What to Expect From a Facial?

The Esthetician makes an introduction and walks you back to the room. You  are handed a light weight wrap around gown to switch into and told to settle   on the table. But it kinda looks like a  cot made up as a bed.

Your esthetician exits then returns making sure you are covered up and nothing is exposed that doesn’t need to be. There is usually relaxing music  piped in and an aroma therapy scent misting through the air. As well as the lights are dim to create even more of a relaxed atmosphere.

You may have filled out a form upon arriving about your diet, meds and if you have any skin concerns. This would be reviewed and you may be questioned about your skin. Thus good time to mention headaches or sinus problem so pressure points can be worked into the massage portion.

Steps of a Facial

Cleansing

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Your hair is wrapped to protect it. The esthetician will begin the cleaning something like the skincare routine you should be following at home. All products are selected according to your skin type.

First step cleanser/soap is massaged on your face to remove makeup and anything  on the surface of your skin. A hot towel is utilized to gently wipe the cleanser off your face. However hopefully the towel is not too hot.

 

Second toner/astringent is applied to a cotton wipe and swept over your skin to catch any remaining residue. Meanwhile steam is mist through the air by a steamer opening your pores for the next step. This naturally allows the pores to expand without any pressure.

 

More importantly the steam time depends on whether you have oily skin, dry, normal or like I have Rosacea. I wouldn’t expect to be under the steam for more than a couple minutes because it would irritate my skin. This whole process would be more gentle.

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Skin Analysis

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While your skin is being steamed a skin analysis is done. Your eyes are covered with a cotton pad while your skin is examined for blemishes, its texture and condition. This is done by the esthetician looking through a brightly lit magnifying lamp.

The Esthetician may ask if you would like extractions. Some salon/spas may charge for this so ask if you want to know. This is to “pop” your; pustules, pimples, blackheads, zits as you may call them.

Extractions

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And she doesn’t really just “pop” them. She will take a lancet that is in a little sterile package and puncture the tip of the pustule. This releases the pus.

Any impurities are wiped away with a cotton wipe and astringent. This is done in a sanitary environment and should not be done on your own at home. Estheticians know just where to place the lancet to prevent scars from developing.

The extractions may cause some soreness and will take some time to heal. But this is a good idea if you have a lot of acne. An esthetician also has special electrical tools available that help speed up the healing process.

Just schedule your service a couple weeks before a big occasion. This allows time to heal just incase your skin would purge. You may take an over the counter pain med to help with this.

Your Mask

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A mask is applied, again depending on your skin type, condition and what is needed at the time. This may be applied with a facial brush in addition the massaging starts (alright). Most importantly enjoy your time to relax and be pampered!

To start a scalp/neck massage then walking around to your hand either applying an oil or lotion. One hand is massaged at a time before walking to your other hand. The massaging may finish at your feet.

Another hot towel from the caddie is grabbed to wipe excess product off your feet. Because we don’t want you to slip and fall while getting dressed. You should hear water running from the sink assuming hands are washed after massaging your feet before continuing.

When it is time your mask is removed with a hot towel. This is then followed by your type of moisturizer (hopefully with SPF) and any treatment products if this is needed. Similarly to what you would do at home.

You are left to get dressed and meet at the desk. Drink the glass of water that is offered to rehydrate. Moreover paying for your service you can pose questions about your skin and products that are recommended.

How Often is a Facial Recommended?

To keep your skin healthy it is recommended to have a facial at least once a month. Of course this depends on your  budget, I understand you. To sum up the minimum is with the changing of the seasons, so that is four times a year.

Sensitive skin should not overdo any treatment. If once a month seems too much try every 6 weeks, ideally. You           can question your esthetician.

Facials for Men

Yes guys get facials too! The process is basically the same,   if you have facial  hair it may present a bit of a challenge. Therefore be sure to mention this when you schedule your facial.

Having a beard, mustache and shaving may come with other issues. Still skin needs to be healthy under there. As well as keeping this hair growth looking good.

Don’t neglect your skin. Inquire the esthetician for suggestions. After all don’t you desire healthy skin?

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Beware the Facial Add Ons

These add more cost to your service. My very first facial experience was to treat myself for my birthday with a $45 facial at a local salon.

As I am enjoying laying there with my mask on, the Esthetician inquired would I like a Paraffin hand treatment. Ok I say, I was relaxing, it sounded so nice!

As I approach the counter   after to pay, the receptionist requests $80. But I query   isn’t a facial $45, mulling how it got so high. In conclusion she states all the add ons.

Now I understand better. (Course going to school for this helps).

Facial for Healthy Skin on a Budget!

Why not try a service at a school and help a student out. It is required to allow more time for the student’s instructor to review the work. In short it's not the ideally relaxing experience but you learn along with the student.

There is the school I attended The Institute of Beauty and Wellness in downtown Milwaukee.

Facials are 45 min $15, 60 min $25

If in the Greenfield, WI area there is VICI. This is the school and not the salon next door.

Facials mini 15 min $10, soothing 60 min $25

Disclaimer: Please note I am not responsible for your service this is merely a suggestion. And prices may change.

Wrapping it up

Facials are a deep cleansing for your face. This involves  tools that you don't have available at home. An esthetician performs this service containing different steps in a salon/spa surrounding.

The recommendation is that this be done at least every change of season. Having a shift in weather like here in WI may alter the needs of your skin. So a new routine is required to keep your skin healthy and looking its best.

Have you had a facial before? Can you recommend an esthetician?

Mary

Mary is the founder of All About Our Skin. Former esthetician and CPC. Enjoys researching skincare and has been studying our skin for the past fifteen years.

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